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Dark Horse Fore Smoked StoutDark Horse Fore Smoked Stout
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Dark Horse Fore Smoked StoutDark Horse Fore Smoked Stout

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Mitchster on 12-13-2002

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Photo of hosehead83
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouredf from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep black like crankcase oil in color, with a thick head of chocolate milkshake foam.
Aroma-Dark roasted malt and coffee, dark chocolate.
Taste-Strong, dark roasted black coffee, charred malt and burnt oak. Very dry, smoky, black coffee ground finish.
Overall, big character and strong flavor throughout. A little aging would help mellow out this strong stout.

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Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark and viscous pure motor oil black. The head is thick and rich and dark brown in color. The head shrinks down a bit and leaves some nice lacing.

Very roasty with the smoke a player in the background. Smells lightly sweet as well.

Huge roasted and toasty malt flavor that actually drowns out most of the smoke. Notes of charred wood, coffee bean, dark chocolate and some hops on the back end. Again, tough to pick up the smoke with all of the toasty malt. Still tasty, but I want my smoke!

The mouthfeel is medium-full and extremely smooth and rich. Carbonation is creamy. Really nice feel.

I really like this beer, but the smoke is nearly non-existent. The problem seems to be the same for all of the first four beers in the stout series- they are overly toasty. Still a good overall beer, just doesn't live up to the smoked name.

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Photo of gfreed
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's a fine example of a solid, average stout. There isn't much smoke in either the aroma or the taste, though. What is there is akin to the smell of a match that someone lit 10 minutes ago: a bit woody; a tad sweet; kind of old. Too bad. Still, this isn't such a bad beer: roast, coffee, molasses, vanilla, etc., and a nice dry finish. Low ABV and a nice creamy head. Decent but not a standout; it's worth a four-pack (the new six pack).

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into Bruges tulip.
A: Dense two finger head that is a rich tan hue. The body is pitch black, no light makes its way through. Head retention lasts a good while, then sinks to a thin layer and leaves an island of froth. Lacing is standard for a stout.

S: Very smokey malt presence. A RIS sweetness projects its self over the smoke, but still warm and smokey. No hop profiles found and a layered aroma that has a nice balance. Medium to high intensity on the aroma.

T/M: The sweetness on the front is warm and pleasant. The smoke character is more profound in the aroma, but finds its way in more on the lingering taste. A nice complexity of flavors, from a classic roasted note of Russian Imperial to a German Rauchbier. Very well done. Fore a full flavored stout this is very drinkable, smooth on the palate and the mouthfeel projects a silky element.

O: Multi-dimensional beer, I feel the strongest of the series so far.. Great beer and overly drinkable for a stout of its kind.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark black body, oatmeal up + down head, no lacing

S: licorice, mild cocoa, mild boozy scent, whiff of BBQ/smoke

T: hint of sweet licorice and mild chocolate, slight roasted malt in middle, mild smoke finish with hint of bitter spice. boozy flavor burn in the throat.

M: medium, slight chewy, could use a little more body.

O: This is only my 2nd time trying Dark Horse. Just an ok American Stout, don't go out of your way for this. It is solid, could use a little more body.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour drops the darkness. Fairly forceful dump produces minimal head. A few jutting lace fingers.

The nose is of course smoke laden with some nice toasty choco and some milky presence.

The taste is pleasingly smokey as well with some very palatable roasty chocolate richness. The smoke is just thick enough without being rambunctious and allows the more traditional stout characteristics to play at an appropriate volume. Succulent. A bit creamy. Bam.

The mouthfeel is at the thick end of the non royal spectrum. Substantial. It floats these profiles with utmost ease.

Overall, this is a really nice ride. Another bangin Dark Horse stout. Not surprising. Keeping the Dark Horse line of stouts on hand in your beer fridge is always a good idea. Withdrawing this bottle and pouring it into an opening in your face will not leave you feeling deprived. The reviewer was shocked that this beer was not previously recorded by him for sake of posterity.

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Photo of stimulus
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (4 pack) into a pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque brown/black with a tan colored one finger head.
S: As billed, smells quite smoky and roasty.
T: Hits you in the face with a ton of smoke, but the after taste begins with roasted notes and finishes quite bitter (like strong coffee) and meaty (but not smoky).
M: This is a well carbonated, medium bodied stout.
D: It is pretty good, except for the strange but not unusual aftertaste, the meat flavor sounds good but doesnt actually taste like jerky or any other smoked meat. There is (probably) a low ABV, I'd assume somewhere around 5-6%, so this isn't in the imperial range.

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Photo of codsmith
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

Appearance - Jet black with a very thin caramel head that dissipates very quickly but retains a ring around the outside edge.

Smell - Chocolate and coffee nose with a thin smoked flavor right behind it.

Taste - Starts off with a thin smokey taste, but quickly switches over to a slightly bitter chocolate and burnt/roasted coffee flavor to finish it off

Mouthfeel - overall its a medium bodied mouthfeel, but tastes a little undercarbonated

Overall - Its a good beer, but I was hoping for a little more smoke characteristic coming through

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours deep cola brown to almost black, no light passes through in the glass but some mahogany shined through on the pour.
A creamy dense tan head of 1 cm foams up and fades to a clingy edge layer.
Aroma is some roast malt, but definitely also smoke like a firepit. Kinda of mild not a smack you in the face nose. First sip reveals an average to light body, fine yet tingly carbonation and a silky texture.
Flavor is roasted malt and a bit of dark chocolate with some smokey firepit lingering after each swallow. A little molasses mixed in with the roasted notes. Pretty nice and easy drinking beer, no hops or ABV show up anywhere that I can detect. A nice smokey stout, that doest taste like eating burnt matches.

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Photo of sitarist
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours opaque and colorless. Two fingers of dense, cafe latte colored head rises up, and falls to a top coating that leaves a wall of lacing.

I smell raw bacon, cottage ham, dark coco, and not much else! Not very complex, but lovely.

I taste ham, bacon, chicory blended coffee, with faint hints of coco.

Creamy with a medium body. It is slightly bitter.

Not something that Id want to drink a lot of, but wow what a beer. Would go well with bacon and eggs, or BBQ.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a blackish-brown body with a 1"tan head that has good retention and good lacing. The smell is some chocolate, coffee, roasted smoked malts and some dark fruits. The taste is smoked malts throughout along with strong bitter chocolate followed by some coffee, molasses and some sweet dark fruits at the end. I'm guessing the dark fruits is mostly raisins. The aftertaste is dark fruits and chocolate, reminds me of dark chocolate covered raisins. The mouthfeel is a smooth and creamy feel that leaves a bit of sweetness and dryness in the mouth. The good taste and smoothness of this stout makes it a nice beer to enjoy with some smoked cheese and/or dark chocolate candy.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a jet black color with one finger of tan head that leaves very quickly and moderate carbonation evident. Looks exactly like Dark Horse's Too and Tres.

s - Smells of smoke, roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee. Smoke is up front in the nose, but not overpowering. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, light smokiness. Not nearly as much smoke as in the nose. It's not up front in the taste but comes through a bit in the aftertaste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - A pretty nice stout. I liked the nose a lot but would have liked a little more smoke in the taste. Would have again.

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Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a midnight black, viscous, with a light dark khaki head that laced the glass. I know this beer is released in January but I think this may be from last year due to all of the sediment in the bottom of the bottle. This beer doesn't smell any different from the Dark Horse One Oatmeal stout. It has dark, rich roasted malts, slight smoke, some oak, and has a lactic acid like sweetness that fades to bitterness. The longer you sip the beer the more smoke you get in the nose. The taste is better than the Oatmeal in my opinion. It surprising starts out as bitter chocolate before finishing with moderate smoke. The more you drink it the sweeter the chocolate becomes. I like it. It doesn't have the lactic acid that the Oatmeal can have. It drinks pretty smoothly and still has good carbonation that tingles the palate. This is probably my favorite one of their stouts. It's also pretty drinkable considering it's probably around 8%, like the Oatmeal.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Flanagan's in Appleton, WI.
Pours dark black, no light escapes, not even at the edge of the glass. A puffy brown layer of foam rises with the pour but recedes to some thin tight bubbles and ring of foam around the edge.
Aroma-coffee, cocoa powder and I detect a slightly sour lactic milk stout aroma. Deep roated malt aromas too.
Mouthfeel-Medium to low carbonation delivers a silky coating to the palate. Bittersweet bakers chocolate comes through and the finish hints at some herbal hops. Almost clean. Some char can be found with a froth on the palate. Good dark roated malt flavors mix in as well. I was expecting a more aggressive smoke flavor, but this is a very pleasing stout and I like the subtleness of the smoke. Tastes like a milk stout with the char and the dark roasted flavors coming and going.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color stout with a medium size light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light smoked notes with some black chocolate and dry roasted notes. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some light smoke notes with some black chocolate and a dry roasted malt finish. Body was full with a nice creamy texture and some good carbonation. Well brewed stout though smoked notes are not as prominent as I would have expected.

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Photo of arboristfish
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark black color, with a very interesting color head. This head is the darkest tan I have ever seen. The aroma smells of roasted malts but mostly smoke. The taste starts out strong with smoke, maybe a smoked meat like flavor, switching over to a sweet yet bitter roasted malt flavor. The mouthfeel is thick, and it is more of a sipping beer.

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Photo of Jayli
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from G311 via Nobody Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked!3 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass
consumed 12/17

A: This beer pours a dark, opaque brown with no head, just a milimeter of brown film that holds through the beer. Spotted lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is dark fruit, licorice, touch of booze and vanilla.

T: Taste starts with a bit of dark fruit - raisin and date. A hint of caramel and then a nice roastiness. Licorice flavoring comes in while you start to get an alcohol warming. Finish has a nice campfire smokiness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rather crisp body on this.

D: Goes down easily, quite tasty, not too filling, decent kick and a nice representation of style. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a thick black forming 1/2 inch very dark brown head leaving essentially no lacing.

The aroma seemed a bit weak. This could be related to me working with my fireplace. Still, aroma is primarily roasted coffee beans, chocolate, a molasses sweetness, and a hint of smoke.

The taste is better with that again upfront roasted coffee bean bite, followed by smoke, and finishing with a chocolaty/molasses sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied but seemingly thin, with a bit too much carbonation for the flavor. Leaves a nice dryness at the finish.

This is an easily drinkable beer although it seems a bit light for a stout and somewhat lacking in smoke. Still solid in the major categories.

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Photo of drtacks37
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sorry boys and girls, this review is more for my own notes. I tried the DH Smoked Stout last night after quite a few other beers, so my memory and taste may have been a bit altered.

I remember:
It was nice and dark with a nice white head that left significant lacing.

All my friends and I were very excited by the aroma, which was very roasted coffee flavors with an obvious smoke overtone.

The beer drank nicely with a heavy, smooth body. The flavor was well balanced between coffee flavors and a nice smoke. It was much better balanced than some other Smoke Stouts that I have had.

This beer went down easy despite it's heaviness and is one that I definitely want to try again.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout pours a deep chocolate colored head over an inky black brew. The nose is smoke (though not cloying) over dark chocolate with notes of leather. The flavor is more of that smoke with roasty malts and bakers chocolate notes, with a little bite of charred bread off the end for balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and round, with a long mellow finish. Smoked ales are pretty tricky- that particular flavor is so aggressive it's easy to end up with a beer that tastes like a Slim Jim©. Four finds that proper balance- the smoke is a point of complexity that does not dominate.

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Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, the last of the stout series from Dark Horse for me to try. poured into a 12oz tall tulip glass.

A - pours with about half an inch of frothy, yet slightly loose dark khaki colored foam. the beer is, well...black as it should be. no lacing to be found.

S - very dark, charred malts...picking up some faint charcoal and ash as well. smoke comes through as that (ash) more than a lot of others, being less "meaty". dark chocolate and molasses consumes most of the sweetness.

T - begins as expected with dark, slightly bitter and roasty malts. smoke immediately sets in a bit, with bits of worcestershire sauce, and ash. other notes of tobacco and molasses creep in towards the end.

M - hmmm...might be me but this is lacking a bit of body, as everything flavor-wise falls apart a little bit after a second or so. carbonation is moderate yet somewhat lively, which adds to the thin feel. finishes in a flash, with some lingering roastiness and just a hinn of smoke, slightly chalky.

D - more of a plain (yet well performed) stout with a hint of smoke than a full fledged Smoked Stout. still, works very well on a rainy and slightly chilly fall night. this might work well in some chili or stew.

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Photo of rka758
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip
$8/4 pack
A: Pours a deep black with little to no head. There does exist a thin lacing along the outer edges which is a nice mocha brown.
S: A subtle nose, not enough smoke for a beer with "smoke" in it's name. Smells of sweet malts, molasses, and roasted coffee.
T: Tastes like it smells -- not enough smoke in my opinion. I do get smoke like tastes such as tabacco leaf, but mostly sweet malts, and roasted coffee.
M: Highly carbonated and a little thin for my liking.
D: A bit of a let down; I was hoping for a great beer and I feel like I got average. I would have like more smoke and a little less carbonation. I'm gonna try laying one of these down for a bit, if for no other reason than why not.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, enjoyed on 11/07/10.

Black, opaque body. There is absolutely no chance for light to breach the surface of this beer. A two and a half finger mocha head emerges after a moderately strong pour. Retention was quite decent, a slim cap is left floating atop until completion. Scattered lacing left clinging to the glass.

The aroma displays a nice balance of roasted malt and coffee with sweeter chocolate smells. The smoke is very subtle, I kept waiting for the aroma to increases with warmth but remains subtle through out.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Deep roasted malt, java with hints of molasses and licorice roll across the tongue. Semisweet chocolate flavors prevent the roasted malt from becoming overpowering. Once again the smoke is much more subdued than I expected. The smoke is very even and appropriate but I just expected a bit more emphasis from a beer clearly labeled as a Smoked Stout.

Medium-full bodied with adequate carbonation. The texture is light and creamy on the tongue. Dark Horse does a tremendous job at creating body in their lower ABV stouts.

Enjoyable beer, nearly every category was spot on. My biggest gripe was the lack of smoke. I think a slight increase would really enhance this beer. Fore Smoked Stout is easy to drink but not one I am probably grabbing a second.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is near black with a bit of a brownish tint in the light. Not much head or lace. Nose brigs some roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and a bit of dark chocolate. Taste is mostly roast and smoke in pretty decent balance. Feel is nice and dry with a good body. A nice stout, but not my favorite in the numbered line.

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Photo of crossovert
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a dense black with a tan head that is fizzy and quickly dissipates.

The smell is classic stout. It has an abundance of dark scents, mostly chocolate and dark toffee. Over this is a very nice roastiness with some coffee and smoked malt scents. It could smell more intense, but the actual scent is very nice.

The flavor carries a bit more smoked malt than the scent. It is dark and roasty in flavor. It like you melted some 80% cacao chocolate into a cup of coffee. It also has a hint of caramel and sweetness.

The mouthfeel is super thick, but it has a noticeable prickling carbonation.

Dark horse with another great stout.

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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,115 ratings
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